The U.S. federal government just awarded a grant to the blockchain startup Key Retroactivity Network Consensus (KRNC) to study the feasibility of integrating cryptocurrency into the economy.
That doesn’t mean that the U.S. is going to pivot to a digital blockchain dollar, CoinDesk reports. Rather, the National Science Foundation funded KRNC because it’s interested in exploring new ways to improve the security of digital transactions.
The protocol KRNC is developing would meter out a new cryptocurrency in proportion to a user’s existing wealth, CoinDesk reports, instead of requiring them to purchase or actively mine new crypto. In other words, it wouldn’t make people richer, but it would grant them an alternative means to transfer funds online.
“Bitcoin, which runs on the principle of Proof-of-Work, is wasteful,” KRNC CEO Clint Ehrlich told CoinDesk. “It requires people to waste money and computing power solving pointless problems.”
Anna Brady-Esteves, the National Science Foundation manager who issued the grant, was quick to clarify that the government was interested in exploring blockchain and crypto technology, but that there’s no specific end-goal to the project — especially not anything like tokenizing the dollar.
“We focus on projects where there is meaningful technical work to be done with the potential to drive competitive advantage and impact commercially,” Estevez told CoinDesk.
READ MORE: National Science Foundation Funds Research Into Crypto Dollars [CoinDesk]